Going Round in Circles in Northumberland
9th January, 2018
Duddo Stone circle is one of the lesser known attractions of Northumberland. This spookily romantic ancient site is about four miles from the Scottish border.
Most people know about 'cup and ring' markings on rocks in the area - the prehistoric rock art found throught Northern Europe. However there are stone circles to be found in Northumberland too.
Duddo Five Stones is the name sometimes used for these rocks and up until the early 1900's there were only four pieces of stone - a fifth was re-erected. There were originally seven. We know this because stone sockets were found during an earlier excavation of the siteAccording to Wikipedia:
"The stones themselves are a soft sandstone and have become deeply fissured by natural weathering since erection in the Early Bronze Age approximately 4000 years ago.
The site of the Duddo Stones offers panoramic views of the Cheviot Hills to the South and the Lammermuir Hills to the north.
The circle is accessible via the B5364 road, through a gate and up a path. The stones are on private land with no formal right-of way, but the landowner has cleared a permissive path across the field to the stones."
Photo Roger Coan with permission. See also www.farhorizonsimages.co.uk